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Our CEO interviewed on TV | New Stamps to collect

BOO, INTERVIEWED ON "DESIGNING WORLDS"

Our founder and CEO Boo Rojyo appeared recently on the weekly TV programme Designing Worlds. It's a show about design and designers in Virtual Worlds. Boo was interviewed on our lovely stand at SL18B by Saffia Widdershins, whom many of you know from the "Meet the Lindens" interviews at SL events. Fenella picked her up on radar going by at SL18B and shouted an invitation to visit. They had a chat about the BBB, which led to Saffia inviting Boo to appear.

The interview features in the second of two special editions about SL18B, focussing on resident exhibits. The BBB segment begins at 32 minutes in. 

DW438 - SL18B Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Those of you who spent time with us in our "secret garden" will enjoy seeing it again. There's also a lovely aerial shot at one hour and one minute in as part of a sequence of photos of resident builds. That sequence brought home just how vast SL18B was this year and made your editor sad to realise just how much of it she missed.

We are glad the word continues to get out about the BBB and the work we do to bring bureaucratic fun (and in the case of Mr Beeb, authentic bureaucratic misery) into the life of SL. Well done, boss and thank you, Saffia! Fenella is glad she overcame her English reserve to shout at you!


BJOYFUL AND GHOST

Two of our colleagues here at the BBB are facing challenges in RL. Sadly, BJoyful, who was the landowner at the six Scottish-themed regions of Campbell Coast and a tireless campaigner for the regeneration of the SL mainland, has serious health problems. She has had to sell the Campbell Coast ownership group, but we understand the new owner – himself a Campbell Coast resident – is committed to the concept. We hope so, as it's lovely.

Everyone who knows BJoyful will tell you she is one of the kindest, most enthusiastic and most delightful people in Second Life. She has never failed to give her colleagues, friends, tenants and even passing acquaintances an encouraging word or a hug when needed. It's our turn to hug her now and send her words of support. All of us at the BBB wish her the best possible outcome and hope to see her back in SL doing her thing as only she does. 

We also send our best wishes to our colleague Ghost, who is taking a break from SL to care for family with health problems. If you're reading this Ghost, our thoughts are with you and we hope to see you back soon. As a Ghost, you don't need anyone to keep your seat at the BBB warm, but it's here for you whenever you're ready. We miss you.


CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY

We urge you to complete our Customer Service Questionnaire in the sidebar and to encourage your friends to do so. The replies we have had so far give interesting insights – for example – as to how you found your way to the BBB in the first place.  The more of you who fill out the online form (it only takes a couple of minutes) the more useful it will be.

Our thanks to those of you who have completed it already. Any real-life enterprise would be proud of the approval ratings so far! Any real-life bureaucracy would be indifferent. 


TWO STAMPS RETIRED | FOUR NEW STAMPS

Two stamp terminals were retired this week. Vegas in the Sky and Circus Circus. If you don't have those stamps, alas, you have missed your chance.  The Online Travel Guide has already been updated. Let that encourage you to seek out this week's new locations without delay! Two of them are on the Campbell Coast: a cafe and an aerodrome. Another new location this week is a Water Park at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. That's a special event, which is already open and runs until August 31st, so pick the stamp up quickly! Finally, an old location returns in a new place and form. The Platypus Beach House is now in a stilt home and you'll find the terminal as a plaque on the wall. 

Photographs, SLURLs and stamp images for all the new locations are below and you will be able to find them soon in the Online Travel Guide (link in the sidebar). As always, click on any image to enlarge it.

Platypus Beach House BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 Platypus Screenshot 2021-07-28 at 14.26.46
BIG SPLASH Adventure Oasis Water Park  BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 Big Splash Screenshot 2021-07-28 at 14.28.03
Campbell Coast Falls and Cafe BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 CC Cafe Falls CC Falls Cafe
Campbell Coast Aerodrome BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 CC Aerodrome CC Aerodrome

STOP PRESS

Cranston Yordstorm is back blogging about his adventures collecting stamps for his Bellisseria Passport. His latest post is here.


Mr Beeb makes waves | Change of stamp terminal location | 4 New Stamps

Screenshot 2021-07-18 at 23.55.49The most common criticism of our service here at the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy has been that – for bureaucrats – we are unrealistically helpful and friendly. In an attempt to rectify this error on our part, our new colleague, Chief Inspector of Passports Beeb, has been trialing a different approach. 

Some of the existing staff have, to be honest, been a little perturbed. It has to be said, however, that some of you seem to enjoy it! Lines have been forming at our offices for CIP Beeb's particular style of "service" and for the personal stamps he issues (and annotates), which will change each month.

As he has been keen to tell visitors, he is "not here to make friends". We rather suspect he would like to make the BBB's ethos closer to that of an RL bureaucracy; perhaps even training staff to forego cheery interactions with our users. 

We at the Gazette are always keen to hear about your experiences with the BBB. Right now, we're particularly interested in hearing about your meetings with CIP Beeb.

Let us know in the comments or email the Editor using the link in the sidebar. Please feel free to send in photographs too.


FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR

A personal thank you from Fenella to those of you who came to her 14th Rez Day party this week. She had a wonderful time in the company of friends and colleagues. Her Rez Day was yesterday. Here's to the next 14 years!


BELLISSERIA PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW / BELLISSERIA LIFE

The BBB has licensed two new publications, which now feature in the Gazette's sidebar. The first is the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review (licence # 0007). The Parade of Homes is an established Bellisserian institution, publishing lists of personal homes open to the public, as well as resident-owned places of interest like our own offices. The lists were traditionally in notecard form. Prudence Anton, who runs the PoH, has now taken it to the web in style!

What is the BBB connection here, apart from the fact that Pru is a BBB official? You will have to wait for details but discussions are in progress for special stamps to be issued from certain PoH locations. Watch the Gazette (and the PoH Review) for further news Soon™.

The second new approval (licence # 0008) has been issued to Bellisseria Life, a long-standing friend and booster of the BBB. Fenella uses its group to announce every issue of the Gazette and we at the BBB are very happy to do our bit to promote this publication in return. 


NEW LAYOUT FOR THE GAZETTE

Our previous layout worked well on mobile phones for reading the articles, but gave no access to the sidebar links. We hope you like this new design which is more mobile-friendly. Please let us know what you think. 


BBB Stamp Locations SLCG Ahnpyung.001CHANGE IN STAMP TERMINAL LOCATION

We received reports from users that they were unable to locate the stamp terminal for Lower Bellisseria Airport. Fenella Allen contacted Mike Chase of the SL Coast Guard – the owner of the location. The terminal has indeed been moved. It now stands in front of SLCG Station, Ahnpyung. It's still issuing the same stamp so don't make the mistake of obtaining a duplicate!

The entry for the location has now been updated in the BBB Online Travel Guide, with both a new photograph and a new SLURL. Please accept our apologies for time you have wasted looking for the terminal before we became aware of the change. 

We are dependent on location owners and/or BBBug members to inform us of such changes. If you let any member of the BBB staff know about them we will update our records and the BBB Online Travel Guide accordingly.


NEW STAMPS AVAILABLE

We have another bumper crop of new locations issuing stamps this week. Aussie Shores and Evergreen Equestrian are an Australian beach location and an equestrian centre. The Museum for Art is a highly-specialised new gallery in Bellisseria featuring exhibits that tell the history of the owner's home town in the Netherlands. On the subject of art galleries in Bellisseria, BBB Licensed Publication #2, Limoncello News, has recently created a directory of them, which helpfully indicates if they issue a passport stamp or not.

Bear Castle houses the owner's enormous personal collection of Linden Bears as well as others on loan from her friends. Since the beginning of Second Life® it has been a tradition for residents meeting a Linden in-world to ask him or her for a memento of the meeting. Many of these are teddy bears and all of them are now called "bears" even when they're not! The tradition has been extended to the Moles; residents recruited by the Lindens to work professionally on projects for the LDPW – Linden Department of Public Works. The largest such project these days is of course our home continent of Bellisseria.

Linden Bears often reflect the personality of the Linden or Mole concerned. The collection is therefore a fascinating folk-history of SL in cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) toys. Our editor managed almost 14 years in SL before she met her first Linden - Patch – and has only a couple of recently-acquired "bears". The effort that has gone into this collection is impressive and it's worth a visit. 

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Video tour of the new office | New staff | Many new locations!

VIDEO TOUR OF OUR NEW OFFICE

Many thanks to Pru and Sceneris, our in-house videography team, for this tour of our new premises.


FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CEO: WELCOME TO MR BEEB

I'd like to take this opportunity to warn you, or rather advise you, of the arrival of a new member of staff in the BBB fold. Of course the reason I'm writing this article rather than the BBB Gazette Editor Fenella Allen is not because this particular new employee has already antagonised her in some way. What a ridiculous concept.

Mr Beeb Just doing his job
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Our new employee, Mr Beeb (eustacebeeb), will I think bring a little more rigour and rigidity into the BBB ethos. So many times people say we are all too nice and amenable to be bureaucrats. I am confident that Mr Beeb will change that perception.

The role to be filled is Chief Inspector of Passports. This is a roving position, making 'spot checks' on all our passports for the good of the community. The nature of this role is in no way just a means to keep this individual away from everyday BBB affairs, so not further alienating colleagues.

I'd like also to 'nip in the bud' unsubstantiated rumours that this individual's Great Aunt is a major benefactor of the BBB and we are finding employment for him in some disingenuous manner.

We hope you'll have the possible pleasure of meeting our new Chief Inspector of Passports very soon.

Anyway, new blood. Onwards and upwards!

Boo Rojyo, Founder and CEO.



WELCOME COAL EDGE

Screenshot 2021-07-12 at 00.13.23Also joining the BBB this week is yet another new team member, Coal Edge. Coal came forward as a volunteer during SL18B. He is a 16 year+ veteran of SL and has a lot of relevant experience in scripting.

The BBB's services require clever code and we have several projects in the pipeline that involve scripting. Coal will help out with those, reporting directly to our Head Scripter, North Crannock. 

Please welcome Coal to the team.


OUR EDITOR'S REZ DAY CELEBRATION

All readers of the BBB Gazette are welcome at Fenella's 14th Rez Day party at 1pm SLT on 21st July. It is a garden party in her own version of the BBB's secret garden at the SL18B celebrations recreated at her dacha in Campbell Coast. Music will be provided by DJ Female. Dress code is smart casual.

An invitation was included with the in-world notices announcing the publication of this week's Gazette. Please RSVP directly to Fenella in-world. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have a bumper crop of six (!) new locations for you to visit with your passport this week. There's a special limited edition stamp to be collected from Lido – the second pop-up art gallery in the ART UNBOUND® series from Infinite Productions and the Limoncello Art Gallery.

Two Bellisseria institutions sharing a location are offering one stamp each. They are Bellisseria Life and Bellisseria Bike, Drive & Scoot! We learned from having so many stamps issued close together at SL18B that you need to wait for one stamp to appear before clicking to get another. So be careful not to clickety-click too quickly at this two-stamp location!

The Republic of Titania has opened a consulate in Bellisseria and will stamp your passport on application. Le Messire Airfield provides our aviation fans with a new place to land their 'planes. Finally, you can pick up a stamp with a touch of Southern Style at the modelling agency of that name.

It's a busy week for you passport-toting Bellisserians, so get your travel gear on, pack your camera and get going! Don't get behind with your collecting because there are another four locations already in the pipeline for next week – including an amazing collection of Linden Bears.

If you take photos at these (or any of our) locations, please be so kind as to share them with us at our Flickr Group Page.

Lido - an ART UNBOUND pop up art gallery
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Bellisseria Bike, Drive & Scoot! BBB Stamp Locations 17 July 2021.001 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.25.38
Bellisseria Life BBB Stamp Locations 17 July 2021.002 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.18.27
Honorary Consulate of Titania BBB Stamp Locations 2.001 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.37.54
Le Messire Airfield BBB Stamp Locations 17 July 2021.007 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.44.02
Southern Style
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Welcome to our New Headquarters and please welcome Sceneris to our staff.

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Our benefactor, Pru, in the garden of our new HQ

Thanks to the generosity of our colleague and benefactor, Pru (Prudence Anton, pictured above), we have a beautiful new HQ. We have vacated the stilt home we formerly occupied and have moved to a property at Winters Elm. The location will be familiar to many BBBug members, who collected the passport stamp formerly issued when it was known as The River House.

Dave arrives by Tardis
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Everyone so enjoyed our secret garden at the SL18B celebrations that our Chief Designer Sun (Dark Sunflower) has created a version of it at our new location. It's absolutely beautiful and a perfect place to de-stress after going through the bureaucratic mill indoors!

If, like Dave in the photograph, you are an SL Time Lord  you will be able to set the time-space co-ordinates of your Tardis time-ship to Belli BB (in the navigation database for Hands of Omega and Novatech Tardises under the "social" category) and land in the corner of that new garden.

We hope that you will all pay us a visit soon and bring your BBB-curious friends. When you've finished exploring our elegant new offices, please remember to help your friend through the processes of obtaining a Bellisserian passport, drivers licence, house address and motor vehicle registration number! The location photo and co-ordinates have been updated in the Online Travel Guide and in the sidebar to the Gazette so you can find your way to us even if you have lost the LM that was sent to all BBBug members in-world. If you need another LM, just IM one of the BBB Staff (also listed in the sidebar).


Speaking of our beautiful SL18B garden, our editor – Fenella – enjoyed her time there so much that she has rented a dacha (she used to live in Russia) on the Campbell Coast just so she can also recreate it. She will be organising a garden-warming party there soon (also to coincide with her 14th Rez Day) and all readers of the Gazette will be welcome. Watch this space for details!


image from www.flickr.com
At last Thursday's meeting of BBB officials, Pru had us pose for this new staff photo for display in our new office. If there were three more of us, we could make it into a clock! The photo will soon need to be updated as our staff is growing. It needs to, because there are exciting new services in the pipeline. Keep reading the Gazette to hear about them here first!

Speaking of growth, please welcome a talented new member of the BBB staff. Sceneris (Pru's partner in Pring Productions, the company that made all your favourite videos about Bellisseria – including the BBB Movie) joins our team of all the talents as Videography/PR Consultant. In addition, Fiona is taking on an additional role as Executive Assistant to our CEO, Boo.

Please check out the updated staff directory under BBB Information in the sidebar for details of everyone's roles. You will find it helpful in identifying the right person to help you with any bureaucratic queries you may have. 


Rosie Helendale featured the Bellisseria Passport at her Second Life Vlog here. Do take a look, enjoy and don't forget to share it with all your BBB-curious friends. We at the BBB enjoyed the video very much. We send our thanks to Rosie, both for a job well done and for her commendable enthusiasm for our work! Rosie, on application in-world to Fenella, we will be happy to issue an "approved publication" licence you can feature on your channel. 

Rosie issued a supplemental update video clarifying who is entitled to a Bellisserian Passport (see next item). Thanks again Rosie.


WHO CAN HAVE A BELLISSERIAN PASSPORT? WHO CAN ISSUE A PASSPORT STAMP?

At our meeting this week we discussed the continuing confusion among SL residents as to who qualifies for a Bellisserian Passport. There were many questions and discussions about it on our stand at SL18B. Our passports are popular and we receive applications from many non-Bellisserians. Some cleverly get into the spirit of our virtual bureaucracy  by trying to claim political asylum for example! We admire their creativity but – in the same spirit – our bureaucratic response is this. Under international law refugees must seek asylum in the first safe place they arrive. That is to say, they must come directly from a place where they are in danger. All of Second Life® is politically a safe place so no arrivals in Bellisseria from SL's islands or its other continents qualify as refugees.

The rules are simple. You can have a passport from us if the avi in whose name you are applying owns a Linden Home on the continent of Bellisseria. We don't recognise alts. If your alt has the Premium account, then that alt – not you – is entitled to the passport. If you opted to use your land allowance on mainland SL instead of in Bellisseria, you do not qualify. Someone sharing your Bellisserian home with you may qualify (even if they don't have a Premium Account) but only if officially partnered in-world.

Locations anywhere in Second Life® can apply for a terminal to issue passport stamps. However the location must be non-commercial. Shops or land rental businesses don't qualify, for example (although a rented home, gallery or other non-commercial venue in such a region might). Again, we have many applicants trying to by-pass this rule. The BBB is a Bellisserian institution run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. We abide by Bellisseria's rules, which forbid commerce, so we can't and won't issue stamps to residents who wish to use them to promote their business. 

Zoe has final discretion in these matters, so if you are asking her to consider an application that does not fit squarely within the rules, be sure to be extra-specially nice to her! We have also introduced a formal appeal procedure. If your passport or stamp terminal application has been rejected, you may appeal to Ghost. Trust us, not many people "appeal" to Ghost in any sense of the word, so expect a prompt, terse and impersonal rejection response.


CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY

We are volunteers and we know from all your kind remarks at SL18B that you are reluctant to bother us with issues. However we are keen to make sure you are happy with our services so would be grateful if you could complete this survey. We are particularly keen to know how you first found out about the BBB so that we can reach more customers in future. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 


There are no new locations to report this week. We have approved some applications but the location-holders have not yet placed their terminals in-world so we don't want to send you on a wild goose chase. There are also many new locations in the pipeline on LDPW land in Bellisseria. That's in the hands of our friends and beloved benefactors, the Moles. So, when you ask us when that will happen, we can only give Patch's standard response to such questions – Soon™


SL18B draws to a close. Bel Leaves the BBB

Sl18b billboard
SL18B ends in three days so don't miss your final opportunities to collect both the special commemorative passport stamp for the event and the ten personal stamps from our SSiD-carrying staff on the BBB stand. 

We make announcements in the BBBug chat when members of staff come onto the stand so be sure to monitor it when you're in-world. We enjoy meeting you all and look forward to you stopping by. Even if you don't have a Bellisseria Passport (shame on you, pick up a form while you're here) come visit us anyway. Our Chief Designer Sun and her team have made one of the event's most beautiful builds.

We are going to miss our secret garden when SL18B ends.


IMG_1435We are sorry to report the sad news that Bel (jezebel.bailey) is leaving the BBB. She's been with us almost since the beginning. She has been a great colleague and a cheerful, teasing, uplifting leader to us more recent recruits.

She's planning to revive her old SL clothing brand and is busy acquiring the mesh skills necessary to do so. Knowing her determination and application as we do, we are sure she will succeed and look forward to wearing her creations! On that subject, our colleague Ghost said; 

I would wish Bel luck but I know she won't need it if she approaches her new venture with the same passion, skill and eye for detail that she dedicated to the BBB for so long. I know she will do so well, and keep making SL an even more beautiful place every day.

Our CEO Boo said

Bel has been with us pretty much since the BBB poked its bureaucratic head into the world. In part the BBB owes its continued existence to Bel. She has always been generous and enthusiastic and I think her optimistic outlook is what I'll miss most. I wish Bel well in her SL future!

Our headquarters were in Bel's Linden stilt home but our very own Pru (prudence.anton) kindly offered us a new – and very elegant – home.  The details are in the new locations below and we'll also be sending out a new LM to BBBug members.


NEW LOCATIONS

Something magical is going on at Invoke – our new location this week. We're not too sure what it is but if you fly in to check it out, bear in mind that broom parking is 25c per hour. Our new HQ also appears below, but technically it's not a new location as it's handing out the same stamp as before.

By the way, for those of you who were disappointed last week, Fenella spoke to Jexxan, the owner of The Beehive.  It opened and closed in the space of a week because, sadly, there was a family emergency in RL. When things have settled down, perhaps next year, Jexxan plans to reopen and the stamp will become available again. In the meantime, best wishes to her from all of us at the BBB. It was a lovely build while it lasted and we look forward to seeing it back on the grid in due course.

Three other stamps were discontinued this week: Time Lost Art, Time Lost Cafe and The Platy Beach House. So, if you have collected them already, congratulations. For everyone else, sadly it's too late.

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